On Sunday evening, President Donald Trump sent out a series of tweets in which he was critical of those speaking ill against him, particularly African American voices, more than half a year after he had signed into law a criminal justice reform bill.
“When all of the people pushing so hard for Criminal Justice Reform were unable to come even close to getting it done, they came to me as a group and asked for my help,” Trump wrote, per reporting from The Independent. “I got it done with a group of Senators & others who would never have gone for it. Obama couldn’t come close.”
In truth, the bill almost was passed in September 2016 with bipartisan support, and former President Barack Obama was prepared to sign it into law. But politics in the Senate, as well as Republicans reluctant to pass a bipartisan bill in a tense election year, prevented its passage, the New York Times reported at the time.
Trump continued on his tirade, attacking Van Jones, John Legend, and Chrissy Teigen — but the model, not by her name.
“A man named @VanJones68, and many others, were profusely grateful (at that time!)…But now that it is passed, people that had virtually nothing to do with it are taking the praise,” Trump added. “Guys like boring musician @johnlegend, and his filthy mouthed wife, are talking about how great it is — but I didn’t see them around when we needed help getting it passed.”
Again, Trump has misrepresented history here. There are several instances of Legend, speaking publicly, to the media and elsewhere, about the need for justice reform, including in a CBS News interview in May 2017, as well as in 2018 when he partnered with the ACLU to promote the cause.
Teigen took note of her omitted name, however, and on Sunday night wrote a tweet back to the president, leaving out his “tag” in the post, perhaps to emphasize the point.
“lol what a pussy ass bitch,” Teigen wrote. “tagged everyone but me. an honor, mister president.”
lol what a pussy ass bitch. tagged everyone but me. an honor, mister president.
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) September 9, 2019
Twitter ended up exploding over the response from Teigen, and by Monday it was a recognized “moment” on Twitter, as well as a trending hashtag.
The president (who talks about grabbing pussy and shit-hole countries) is actually calling Chrissy Teigen (an actress, model and personality) a #filthymouthedwife.
Have a great Monday.
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) September 9, 2019
Pretty sure 94% of Americans support #filthymouthedwife Chrissy Teigen.
Can we get these shirts made?
— Angela Belcamino (@AngelaBelcamino) September 9, 2019
For those just tuning in: #filthymouthedwife is trending on #MondayMorning because #PresidentPussyAssBitch was too profane for Twitter after Donald Trump insulted Chrissy Teigen while tagging her husband John Legend but not her. https://t.co/B8AkVmUBLf
— The Daily Edge (@TheDailyEdge) September 9, 2019
Friends, I'm excited to announce the name of my new all-woman punk band…#FilthyMouthedWife
— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) September 9, 2019
Are the #filthymouthedwife t-shirts available for purchase yet??
cc @tonywest 😍
— Maya Harris (@mayaharris_) September 9, 2019
Teigen and her husband Legend have been outspoken critics of Trump and his policies, aside from the bill he signed last year. In August, Legend called the president a racist, and Teigen’s criticisms once resulted in Trump blocking her on Twitter.